Everyone can use a little encouragement. For high school junior Boone Bartlome, it came in the form of an autographed photo from Denver Broncos left guard Zane Beadles. Bartlome is recovering in Craig Hospital from a spinal cord injury he received during a high school football game in Idaho in November 2013.
Back home, Bartlome follows the Boise State Broncos, but since coming to Denver, he says it’s hard not to become a Denver Broncos fan.
“I am just amazed and appreciate all of the support I’ve received from people all over the country. The fact that people like Zane actually take some of their time to support me is awesome,” he says.
Bartlome’s team, the Kuna Kavemen, have information on their website about fundraising efforts to assist the teen and his family.
Beadles is a fourth-year offensive guard, and he’s started 62 of 64 games during his first four NFL seasons, including 54 at left guard and eight at right tackle. In 2012, Beadles was named the Broncos’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for his work in the community during the 2012 season.
He founded the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation in 2013. Julie Gart, executive director of the foundation, says the organization’s mission is to benefit children who are going through unfortunate circumstances and to provide them with enjoyment.
“We applaud all the hard work you all do and wish your patients well. We look forward to touring Craig Hospital in 2014 and hopefully becoming involved. We want everyone to cheer on Zane and the Broncos all the way to the Super Bowl,” Gart says.